‘Self care’ is a real hot topic at the minute. What do those words evoke in your mind? For me, I picture bubble baths, pedicures, spa days. But what does self care actually mean? Google defines it as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress”.
I have spent sometime recently pondering what I can do to incorporate more self care activities into my life, and sometimes things like a seemingly simple bubble bath seem so out of reach (finding the time when the kids aren’t around, having the energy to clear away all their bath toys…). So what are the really basic, simple things we can do to boost our well-being and happiness? Here are a few suggestions of some (free!) self care things that we can start incorporating into our lives right now that will have a huge impact:
Have a glass of water every hour (hydrate your body before you feel thirsty)
If you are a caffeine addict like me, switch out one coffee a day for a herbal tea
Set an alarm to make sure you take any medications/vitamins at the right time
Have a shower and get dressed as early in the day as possible
Get fresh air at least once a day
Try and eat mindfully – consider how the foods you are eating make you feel physically. Eat more of the foods that make you feel energetic and less of the foods that make you feel sluggish and lethargic
Say no to others when you need to
Do an organisational activity – plan your meals for the next week, have a quick clear out of a small area of your home (a drawer or a cupboard). I guarantee this will make you feel better!
Follow a quick breathing/yoga video on Youtube – this one is great
Pick up a pretty notebook and write down three things that you are grateful for. Add to this list whenever you can – ideally daily
Do you have any other small suggestions of things that we could all do to give us a little boost?